Keys Key, plastic, silicon, glove, table, wood. 2016

Key, plastic, silicon, glove, table, wood.

On a wall, 15 keys are aligned. On a table in front of the wall, 14 mold are aligned in between each and every keys. The first key on the left refers to the original. The second key was made out of a mold of the first one. The third key was made out of the a mold of the second one, and so on. On the floor next to the table, remains of the process are left to see.

With this work I want to engage a reflection on the value of uniqueness and the status of the art object in the digital age. In 2016, notions of original and copies are changed. The ease to create seemingly identical objects and the digitalization of the media have lead to the lost of the original. This installation explores not only the concept of the artist as laborer but labor itself newly seen as a form of degradation. Keys tempts to challenge the spectator to see degradation as an enrichment process leaving him to acknowledge the labor behind repetitive reproduction. Degradation is beautiful. Because the more it’s degraded, the more it’s processed. Then, degradation creates uniqueness. Each of the 15 objects in this work are unique, and their uniqueness relates to each others. Degradation, here, is only the physical translation of the artist’s labor.